New Transit System Cuts Down on Time and Connections
Bus service improvements are being funded by the Scottsdale City Council on four of its major routes. Locals can look for upgrades on the following buses: Route 17, McDowell Road; Route 29, Thomas Road; Route 21, Indian School Road; and Route 80, Shea Boulevard.
The reason for the improvement in public transportation is to make trips faster and easier to connect. Currently, the routes can be a bit challenging to use, and with the new transit system locals can be sure to get to their destinations more quickly and comfortably. According to AZCentral.com, Transportation Director Paul Basha agrees with the changes. “Enhancements are needed to transition the system into a viable transportation choice for users,” he said.
The changes, according to AZCentral.com, in the near future are:
• Route 17, McDowell Road: Improve service frequency to 20 minutes, from 30, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Scottsdale leg of the route starts west of 64th Street and ends at Pima Road, a distance of about 3 miles.
• Route 29, Thomas Road: Improve service frequency to 20 minutes during off-peak hours, when service ran every 30 to 40 minutes. Reduce service from 20 to 16 minutes during peak hours. The route runs from east of 64th Street to Granite Reef Road, about 2.5 miles.
• Route 41, Indian School Road: extend all trips to Pima Road from Goldwater Bouevard, an increase of about 2.5 miles.
• Route 80, Shea Boulevard: increase weekday mid-day service frequency from 60 to 30 minutes, and weekend all-day service from 60 to 30 minutes. Route 80 runs from 60th Street to 136th Street.
Overall, these are very necessary projects for Scottsdale‘s continued growth. It will make it much easier for residents to get around the community. Also, with the number of tourists increasing each year – less confusion.